NPR logo

In Move to Equip Iraqi Force, Questions Linger

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5590284/5590285" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
In Move to Equip Iraqi Force, Questions Linger

Iraq

In Move to Equip Iraqi Force, Questions Linger

In Move to Equip Iraqi Force, Questions Linger

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5590284/5590285" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Appearing with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malaki earlier this week, President Bush vowed to provide more equipment to Iraq's security forces. There are no specifics yet, but defense analysts say the forces are woefully under-equipped. Aside from concerns that the United States could be equipping a civil war, the cost is substantial.

Retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey says the Iraqis need about 2,000 armored Humvees, 2,000 M-113 armored vehicles, 120 Blackhawk transport vehicles, and 24 C-130 transport planes. McCaffrey says the cost — an estimated $5 billion — has both Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the Office of Management and Budget concerned.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.